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Jul
15
comment Can I pass through the airport security with a de-activated Bazooka?
@user568458 A chainsaw, even one that's not running, can do quite serious damage when swung at someone or something. They don't allow you to take baseball bats into the cabin for the same reason, and larger photography and video tripods.
Jul
13
comment Can I pass through the airport security with a de-activated Bazooka?
I'd stop you just for the hoodie, let alone the bazooka :)
Jul
10
comment what do i use as zipcode in usa when ireland doesnt have zipcodes?
which is counter to what you state in your answer, where you say "machine asks whether X can get $Y" and the bank answers "yes, if he has zip code Z"...
Jul
9
comment what do i use as zipcode in usa when ireland doesnt have zipcodes?
you wrote that the bank does nothing with the postal code, and it's later compared on the machine. So if the bank doesn't return the postal code yet the machine expects it, it will always decline the transaction because it compares nothing with something, which never matches.
Jul
9
comment what do i use as zipcode in usa when ireland doesnt have zipcodes?
problem is that if you enter 00000 and the bank responds with " " the gas pimp (or pump ;) ) will likely refuse the transaction in that case because it receives a different code back from the one it expects.
Jul
9
comment Can I fly with a gold bar?
@Johnny the weight would mean that depending on the airline it's not allowed under its carryon regulations. That's probably the main problem you're going to face with the airline. On top of that there may be problems with customs as many countries place restrictions on the value of things you're allowed to take in or out, and there are still countries where the private possession of gold is illegal.
Jul
7
comment What are these “stone walls” in the sea on Cyprus?
@KateGregory depending on the country both may be called breakwaters
Jul
7
comment When picking a “luxury hostel” for a business trip, how to ensure it'll be quiet enough?
@Willeke the few hostels I've been had communal sleeping rooms for 10+ guests, where each guest had a locker to store his belongings that had a highly questionable lock on it if any.
Jul
6
comment When picking a “luxury hostel” for a business trip, how to ensure it'll be quiet enough?
@Willeke maybe the front door, but once you're in you can browse through everyone's luggage, there's no security past that front door.
Jul
3
comment What does this road sign mean? (Germany; red circle and X on a blue background, with a right-pointing arrow.)
@Formagella beside the internationally standardised signs each country has some of its own as well. These arrows on no-stop signs in Germany are one such example. I've never encountered them anywhere else. In the Netherlands there can be arrow signs mounted beneath the sign to specify it further, also an extension of the international standard.
Jun
29
comment Better to obtain a temporary smartphone in the US or in Europe
correct. Having a phone that's not simlocked and simply buying a European prepaid card (you may want one for each country, check rates to see what's most economical) is the way to go if your provider doesn't have decent roaming rates and you are planning to use the phone for more than a very limited amount of traffic.
Jun
19
comment Suitable shoes for long-term, light-packing travel
there is no "best". "Best" is purely opinion based. For me the best would probably be none at all. For others it might be steel jungle combat boots...
Jun
8
comment Is sleeping on the floor in planes allowed, and if not, why not?
@JoeBlow that was KLM, ca. 2000.
Jun
1
comment Tipping in the Netherlands
@DavidRicherby coincidence, but would generally come out that way I guess for small amounts :) If you're facing a 430 Euro restaurant bill however, making it 500 Euro is not something I'd do. 450 comes first. Depending on circumstances of course. If it's you're with a large group, tip more for the extra effort the staff put in than if you're alone for example.
May
25
comment What swimming suit options are acceptable for a self-conscious recreational swimmer in Belgium and Western Europe?
your best option would be to get used to it and go with what's customary. There's no reason to feel naked in proper swim trunks...
May
25
comment Why did I get refused of entry into the UK even if I had a sponsorship letter?
Also, if the scout group receives government subsidies, the allowance they'd provide would possibly be public funds, receival of which is also a violation of 46A
May
24
comment Flying into and out of Germany on a Belgium Schengen VISA
typically your visa would need to be issued by the country of entry into the EU.
May
24
comment What to do before traveling to Europe as an American?
learn to behave like a person, not a tourist... And leave overt national pride at home, Europeans don't like such things (not just from Americans, from anyone).
May
20
comment Why have they announced to turn off phones while they are explicitly allowed?
Books are allowed to be used during the safety briefing? Not in my experience. And I've never had trouble turning over my e-reader and keeping it in my lap during the instructions, just as you should have no problem keeping a closed book in your hands.
May
20
comment Why have they announced to turn off phones while they are explicitly allowed?
@Josef you do, they can change between aircraft types and operators, as well as over time. Plus repetition helps... and of course the crew and other passengers don't know you.